Funds needed for new centre
Community hall could be replaced
DIRECTORS of a community centre have discussed knocking down the deteriorating building and creating a new facility.
Chalfont St Peter Community Centre at Mill Meadow in Gravel Hill was built in the 60s and has remained popular with village groups since.
John Wertheim, a director of the centre’s trust Chalfont St Peter Community Association (CSPCA), has described the structure as being ‘past its point of no return’ due to leaks and other necessary repairs.
Mr Wertheim said: “It is past its sell by date in terms of requirements for refurbishment, things are beginning to fall apart.
“Something has to be done about it. The problem is that replacing it could take up to 10 years.
“There is no money available at all (from Chiltern District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council) so the whole thing would have to be funded by local funds, that is where the big climb is going to have to come in.”
The directors hope to send out a questionnaire asking what its current users want. They can then decide how to obtain funding and carry out plans to replace the building.
Mr Wertheim added: “It is important Chalfont St Peter has a community centre that it can be proud of.”
CSPCA held its annual meeting at the centre on Sunday, October 19, when proposals to replace the building were heard.
The centre holds a lease from Chiltern District Council (CDC) which costs £5,500 a year and expires in 2025. Finance director Peter Partridge is waiting for a reply from CDC after asking the authority for another 100 years’ lease.
Mr Partridge said: “Before we can spend money designing a centre, we have to have assurance we can get an extension to the lease.”
Chalfont St Peter erected a Memorial Hall to honour fallen soldiers after the First World War. It served the community at the corner of Market Place and Church Lane until 1957 when a larger facility was needed.
Bucks County Council built the current centre between 1961 and 1962 on the site in Gravel Hill.
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